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Charlotte Premium Outlets opens Thursday, July 31

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Trees, flowers and bushes were being planted at Charlotte Premium Outlets recently as the grand opening nears. Charlotte’s new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. Its 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte’s first mall since Northlake is set to open Thursday, July 31. But in a sign of the times, it’s an outlet mall – not a regular mall – that’s being built in Steele Creek.

Charlotte Premium Outlets, the city’s first new mall in almost 10 years, opens Thursday, and mall officials are expecting thousands to visit during opening weekend.

The 400,000-square-foot Steele Creek mall is a partnership between Greensboro-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Simon Property Group, owner of SouthPark and Concord Mills. Opening ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. at Market Hall Stage, 5404 New Fashion Way. Gov. Pat McCrory and representatives from Simon and Tanger are expected to attend.

Saks 5th Avenue Off Fifth is the mall’s anchor tenant, and other retailers at the center will include Le Creuset, Kate Spade New York, Crocs and Sunglass Hut.

In the event that the mall’s 2,000 parking spots fill up this weekend, mall officials have arranged shuttle rides to overflow lots. People will be able to park their cars at Berewick Elementary School, Radiant Church and Shopton Square Shopping Center, with shuttles operating from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

At a community meeting earlier in the week, local residents said they were concerned about how the new mall would affect traffic. But Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield, who represents the district where the mall is located, said the city of Charlotte and mall officials have already tried to mitigate issues.

For instance, they have widened Dixie River Road by two lanes and have added a traffic light near Dixie River and Shopton roads, she said. Officials also added a second traffic light at Shopton Road and New Fashion Way.

Charlotte Premium Outlets is the first new mall to be built in Charlotte since Northlake Mall opened in 2005.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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